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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 2.2
Percent surgical discharges with postoperative pneumonia events, United States, 2004a
    2004
Population group Exposed Adverse events Percent Standard error
Total 5542 110 2.0 0.2
Age Under 65 783 14.00 1.8 0.5
65-74 2258 32 1.4 0.2
75-84 1932 52 2.7 0.4
85 and over 569 12.00 2.1 0.6
Gender Female 3096 50 1.6 0.2
Male 2446 60 2.5 0.3
Race Black DSU DSU DSU DSU
Other DSU DSU DSU DSU
White 4922 97 2.0 0.2
Diabetes No 4097 69 1.7 0.2
Yes 1,445 41.00 2.8 0.4
Obesity No 4893 95 1.9 0.2
Yes 649 15 2.3 0.6
Cerebrovascular disease No 4572 77 1.7 0.2
Yes 970 33 3.4 0.6
CHF/pulmonary edema No 4679 63 1.3 0.2
Yes 863 47 5.4 0.8
COPD No 4322 60 1.4 0.2
Yes 1,220 50.00 4.1 0.6
Smoking No 4727 83 1.8 0.2
Yes 815 27.00 3.3 0.6
Cancer No 3986 61 1.5 0.2
Yes 1,556 49.00 3.1 0.4
Corticosteroids No 5309 104 2.0 0.2
Yes DSU DSU DSU DSU
Coronary artery disease No 3508 47 1.3 0.2
Yes 2,034 63.00 3.1 0.4
Renal disease No 4680 71 1.5 0.2
Yes 862 39 4.5 0.7

a Data include Medicare beneficiaries discharged from January to December. Readmissions are supposed to be counted in the numerators according to the measure specifications, but were not counted because the data were not available at this time.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality or confidentiality.

Key: CHF: congestive heart failure; COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System.

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